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    CPS Technician christineka's Avatar
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    Master Infant seat list?

    Is there one? Or perhaps one that just needs a little updating? If not, would anyone care to help create one?

    I am looking to make a list of infant bucket seats for expectant mothers. I'd like to point out the highest recommended ones as well. We all know that the best car seat is the one that best fits your child, car, blah, blah, blah, but it is well known around here that some seats are universally better at doing that than others. It would certainly be easier to start out with those models to see if they work, rather than trying others and becoming very frustrated.

    So, please let me know or start a list, please!

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    Re: Master Infant seat list?

    Here is a list:
    Graco SnugRide
    Minimum weight requirement of 5 pounds
    22 pound weight limit (models manufactured prior to May 2005 have 20 pound limits)
    Handle can be up or down
    Some models have rear harness adjusters (these models are harder to use and should be avoided)
    Shorter shell, tends to be outgrown by height before weight
    Most new models have EPS foam
    No built-in seatbelt lockoff
    $80-$150
    Available most anywhere

    Graco SafeSeat 1
    Minimum weight requirement of 5 pounds
    30 pound weight limit
    Handle can be up or down
    Built-in seatbelt lockoff
    EPS foam
    Harness may not be a good fit for small newborns
    $130-$190

    Chicco KeyFit
    Minimum weight requirement of 4 pounds
    22 and 30 pound weight limit (depending on model)
    Handle can be up or down
    EPS foam
    Built-in seatbelt lock off
    Very easy to install
    $160-$170

    Combi Shuttle/Connection
    No minimum weight requirement
    22 pound weight limit
    Handle must be up
    EPS foam
    Built-in seatbelt lockoff
    Puzzle buckle
    $150-$170

    Safety First Onboard
    Minimum weight requirement of 4 pounds
    22 pound weight limit
    Harness specially designed to fit preemies
    EPP foam
    No built-in seatbelt lockoff
    $80-$100

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    Re: Master Infant seat list?

    BabyTrend
    Minimum weight requirement of 5 pounds
    22 pound weight limit
    Handle must be down
    EPS foam
    no built-in lockoffs
    puzzle buckle
    $90ish
    Melissa, CPST and Mom to three

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    Re: Master Infant seat list?

    The AAP has most of them on their car seat guide. Scroll down to the tables.

    http://www.aap.org/family/Carseatgui...nfantOnlySeats
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    Re: Master Infant seat list?

    That's a great list! I haven't even heard of some of those. Out of the full list, which would you NOT recommend and why? (I know the Evenflos are not due to the handle, space, and Evenflo's recall issues. Also the Orbit for being insanely expensive.) What about the others? What is the difference between all the combi models? Isn't there a Britax infant seat or is it discontinued?

    Baby Trend EZ-Loc, Flex-Loc, Latch-Loc Adjustable Back
    Chicco KeyFit Infant Car Seat
    Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat
    Combi Centre ST/DX/EX
    Combi Connection
    Combi Shuttle 5-point
    Compass Baby Infant Car Seat
    Eddie Bauer Deluxe Infant Car Seat
    Eddie Bauer Sure Fit
    Eddie Bauer Sure Fit 30
    Evenflo Discovery 5
    Evenflo Embrace
    Evenflo First Choice 5
    The First Years Via Infant Car Seat
    Graco SnugRide
    Graco SnugRide 32
    Maxi-Cosi Mico Infant Car Seat
    Mia Moda Viva, Viva Supreme Infant Car Seat
    Orbit Infant Car Seat
    Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30
    Safety 1st Designer
    Safety 1st OnBoard
    Safety 1st OnBoard 30

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    Re: Master Infant seat list?

    The Safety 1st/Eddie Bauer infant seats (except the On Board) have that pain-in-the-rear no-splitter-plate harness. They're still worth a look, and possibly worth a buy, but it's worthwhile to note that in any description you give so people aren't caught off-guard by it.
    CPST and Mom to Emma, 15, Bridget, 13, Maggie, 11, Katie Sue, 6, Jimmy, born May 2019,
    and Becky, waiting for us as part of our eternal family.
    Our '02 Odyssey, car seats, and seatbelts saved our lives. Now riding in a '13 Odyssey!

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    Re: Master Infant seat list?

    You're correct in that most of us wouldn't recommend that Evenflo seats. I wouldn't recommend any seat that's not front adjust. The Britax Companion is discontinued; they're supposedly releasing a new infant seat this Spring called the Chaperone. The Centre and the Shuttle are basically the same seat, except the Shuttle has an antirebound bar on the actual seat (not the base) (the Centre ARB does have this feature), and the Centre starts from 5# while the Shuttle starts from birth. I think the Shuttle base may also have a built in lock off (really a built in locking clip) that the Centre doesn't have. The Connection has a base that has a unique belt path (kind of a serpentine belt path); I believe it has kind of high top slots for an infant seat, but I could be wrong. The Primo Viaggio has its fans, but most find it pretty expensive for the features is has (or doesn't have - like no built in lock-offs). The SnugRide 32 is the prettymuch the same seat as the SafeSeat 1 (different labels and weight limits is all). The OnBoard30/SureFit30 are the same as the OnBoard/SureFit, just tested to the higher limit, and actually, I believe they're supposed to be the OnBoard35/SureFit35, going to 35#, not 30#.
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    Re: Master Infant seat list?

    I thought I had read about the onboard being to 35 pounds. So, we're pretty sure it isn't any bigger of a shell than the 22 pound one? The combis sound nice, but I supposed they're expensive.

    Are the Eddie Bauers the same as the Safety Firsts?

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    Re: Master Infant seat list?

    The OnBoard/Surefit that goes past 22# is on Dorel's sites as 35, not 30. The pic is actually the exact same, and from what I heard/read they were just planning on retesting the seat to 35# without making any changes. I believe they just did the 22# to start w/ so it would have a sooner release date. The shell is pretty long, though, and the seat is VERY deep, deeper than the SS1 I think, so I would say a child would probably make it closer to 30/35# in it than the Keyfit30.



    Yes, the Eddie Bauer & Safety 1st & Cosco infant seats (other than the OnBoard & Surefit which are the same seat as each other but different from the others) are the same. All the Designer 22 and Deluxe Infant and whatever other name they slap on the same seat.
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    Re: Master Infant seat list?

    There is a non-adjustable back version of the BabyTrend. I haven't actually seen it, but I haven't been looking for it, either. It's mentioned in the manual.
    Melissa, CPST and Mom to three

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